Expanding supervised injection facilities across Canada: lessons from the Vancouver experienceSamantha Young, Nadia Fairbairn (2018)
The opioid crisis has led to an unprecedented rise in the number of overdose deaths across Canada. In response, there has been an expansion of supervised injection facilities (SIFs), with several new SIFs approved or under review across the country. Much of the evidence for the benefits of SIFs in reducing overdose mortality, infectious-related complications, and public disorder comes from Insite in Vancouver, North America’s first SIF. While implementing SIFs in other Canadian cities is a major step forward in combating the opioid epidemic, the diversity within our country’s socio-demographic and political landscape leaves the application of SIFs in these new settings a matter of uncertainty. This commentary highlights key lessons learned from Vancouver and the potential modifications required to enhance implementation in other cities to ensure the success of new SIFs across Canada.